Four-toed Jerboa, Allactaga tetradactyla

The four-toed jerboa (Allactaga tetradactyla) is a jumping desert rodent that is native to Libya and Egypt. It can be found residing within arid and clay deserts, and in coastal salt marshes. It digs burrows within the sand in its habitats. This jerboa is listed as “Vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List.

The four-toed jerboa is typical in most respects, having long ears, long hind limbs, and short forelimbs. It is nearly the same color as the sand it burrows in, with an auburn backend. It underbelly is white in color with darker spots. Its long tail is tan in color, with a white fluffy tip. One distinct feature of this rodent is the fourth toe on each foot that is much smaller than the other three toes. The main diet of the nocturnal four-toed jerboa consists of leaves, seeds, and grass.

Image Caption: Four-toed Jerboa, Allactaga tetradactyla. Credit: Syt55/Wikipedia